Our Man in Havana

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Columbia Released 1959

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Director:
Carol Reed
Released:
1959
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Our Man in Havana (1959) was adapted by Graham Greene from his own novel. Alec Guinness stars as Jim Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman based in the corrupt Havana of the Batista era and the unlikely choice of the British Secret Service to be their inside man in Cuba. Finding his new job as a secret agent absurd (but very lucrative), Wormold invents bogus information about his goings-on to send back to his superiors. Believing the fraught Cuban situation is worsening and that Wormold is growing in importance, his superiors send him additional forces to operate under his command. But as his life gets ever more complicated, Wormold himself has trouble separating the facts from the fiction. Our Man in Havana is a classic comedy with some very serious undertones, based partly on Greene's own experiences as an unlikely spy in World War II.

Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness

Jim Wormold

Burl Ives

Burl Ives

Dr. Hasselbacher

Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara

Beatrice Severn

Noel Coward

Noel Coward

Hawthorne

Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs

Captain Segura, the "Red Vulture"

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